started a blog in July 2013 - Circles of Life: The 143
- he's about half way through now. [more inside]
Aitken's recent work "The Source
" (2012) explores the root of creativity. Six projections in a pavilion designed by David Adjaye, cycle through many more interviews with artists, architects, and musicians such as Adjaye, Liz Diller, William Eggleston, Philippe Parreno, Paolo Soleri, Tilda Swinton, and Beck among others. Wikipedia [more inside]
Revelations in the field of quantum physics have resulted in the discovery of the Amplituhedron
, a jewel-like higher dimensional object whose volume elegantly predicts fundamental physical processes that took the brilliant Dr. Richard Feynman hundreds of pages of abstruse mathematics
The theoretical manifold not only enables simple pen-and-paper calculation of physics that would normally require supercomputers
to work out, but also challenges basic assumptions about the nature of reality -- forgoing the core concepts of locality
and suggesting that space and time are merely emergent properties of a timeless, infinitely-sided "master amplituhedron," whose geometry represents the sum total of all physical interactions.
More: The 152-page source paper on arXiv [PDF]
- Lead author Nima Arkani-Hamed
's hour-long lecture at SUSY 2013
- Scans of Arkani-Hamed's handwritten lecture notes
- A far more detailed lecture series "Scattering Without Space Time": one
- Arkani-Hamed previously on MeFi
- A hot-off-the-presses Wikipedia page
(watch this space)
Economists and the theory of politics
- "why unions were often well worth any deadweight cost" [more inside]
GitHub was intended to be an open software collaboration platform, but it’s become a platform for much, much more than code. It’s now being used by artists, builders, home owners, everyone in between, entire companies … and cities.
- The GitHub revolution.
Netflix has open sourced tools it uses for load balancing
and failure management
with Amazon Web Services
. They plan to release more tools in the future. They are on Github
comes clean: "My main purpose was to topple the tyrant in Iraq because the longer this dictator remains in power, the more the Iraqi people will suffer from this regime's oppression." ... When it is put to him "we went to war in Iraq on a lie. And that lie was your lie", he simply replies: "Yes
Open Source for You
, or "Your Day Job Sucks, Make Programming Fun Again". Stephen McDonald
, creator of Mezzanine
, shares his experience of "what it's like contributing to open source".
Decades before "You Got the Love
" was covered by Florence and The Machine
, it was a little known gospel record originally recorded for an 80's dieting video by Candi Staton
. [more inside]
Oracle didn't see this coming.
There were some significant concerns when Oracle took stewardship of Sun's open source projects like MySQL and OpenOffice, and these concerns led to contributors to OpenOffice asking Oracle to fork over control of the project. Oracle refused. [more inside]
, the creator of the insanely popular Garry's Mod
, which is a sandbox game
that uses Valve's Source Engine
, has come up with an ingenious way
to catch people who pirate the game.
An interesting graph
based on the results of an informal user poll as to the response/efficacy to various treatments for depression.
"Fish oil, also popular, showed up as much less effective than [...] expected." [more inside]
This is the introduction to The Virtual Revolution
, an open source documentary
, due for transmission on BBC Two
next week, that will take stock of 20 years of change brought about by the World Wide Web. Only about 25% of the world population uses the Web
today, however more than 70% of people have access to mobile or fixed communication devices capable of displaying Web content. The World Wide Web Foundation
] exists to bridge the 'digital divide' in Internet usage.
is a free, open-source computer algebra system. [more inside]
There's lots going on with HTML5. Get the latest from the folks at Ajaxian
. First, find out What's New in HTML5
(The WHATWG Blog
), then look into the new Microdata Spec
. There's a Sticky Notes Tutorial
, and an examination of the Canvas Tag
. Getting the nitty gritty details right.
H.A.R.O., or "Help A Reporter Out,"
is the brainchild of Peter Shankman (aka skydiver
on Twitter). Embracing the philosophy that "Everyone is an expert on something," HARO matches reporters and authors up with sources through the simple process of a sign-up form. Seems like a good match for all the experts here on MeFi. [more inside]
Iron Grip: The Oppression
is a multiplayer total conversion mod for Half Life 2 that blends real time strategy and first person shooter elements along the lines of Natural Selection.
One player takes control of “The Oppression,”
playing the game primarily in a top down view, building and then issuing orders to AI units such as the stormtrooper-like Grenadiers, and tanks
. Every other player on the server forms “The Resistance,”
taking on, with a traditional FPS play style, the persona of one of ten freedom fighters
and vying with the RTS controlled units for map control. [more inside]
You've heard of ScummVM
, but harvest time is approaching in the field of reverse-engineered open source re-implementations
of other classic games too:
(Transport Tycoon), LinCity
(Sim City), Advanced Strategic Command
(Battle Isle), Freeciv
(Quake 3), Spring
(Total Annihilation), JJFFE
(Frontier First Encounters), Vega Strike
(Master of Orion), Pingus
(Warcraft II et al.), CloneKeen
(Commander Keen), Exult
(Ultima VII), FreeCNC
(Command & Conquer), REminiscence
(Panzer General), Pioneers
(Settlers of Catan), and Freedoom
Can you build an open source car?
Or a three-dimensional printer
? Or a new kind of handheld computer?
Can open source ideas thrive in the physical world
? Or is there something fundementally different? Are we seeing a new type of production or just a filip for hobbyists and dreamers?
trade uncertainty for collective wisdom, and have been proven
to be more accurate than other mechanisms for predicting outcomes such as polls. Many corporate entities (HP, Intel, Google, Yahoo, Siemens, etc.) are said to be using them internally. Several successful prediction markets already exist, such as Hedgestreet
the Iowa Electronic Markets, Hollywood Stock Exchange,
and Inkling Markets
A spinoff of DARPA's Policy Analysis Market
, prediction markets might be to markets what open source was to software.
Taking Open Source to the Next Level
Linux? Firefox? Bah! German Markus Merz scoffs at these posers. Instead, he steps up to offer the OScar project, whose goal is to develop and build an open source *car*
. While not in the same class as a Range Rover or Hummer, they hope to make something more simple and functional. This isn't the only example of hardware-based open source projects. Others include Zero Prestige
, which designs kites and kite-powered vehicles, and Open Prosthetics
, which offers free exchange of designs for prosthetic devices.
- A computer-generated movie made using open source
Norway's Ministry for Modernisation has declared for Open Source formats.
Speaking at eNorge, the Norwegian Minister for Modernisation, Morten Andreas Meyer, has said that "proprietary formats will no longer be acceptable in communication between citizens and government". Although he did not mention Microsoft by name, he did say that this was the last time he would be streaming his speech using the current (WMP-based) technology.
The Ministry for Modernisation may sound quaint, but it was founded in 2004 with a broad remit
, and 200 employees, not a small number in a nation of less than 5 million souls. Although Norway's spending on IT may not be great compared to the US or China, as one of the wealthiest and most technologically developed nations on Earth (not to mention the emphasis on long-distance communications robustness created by a large country with terrible weather) it sets a precedent about what a tech-savvy first-world nation might do with Open Source, not because it cannot afford proprietary formats but because it does not want them. Microsoft, meanwhile, might be wondering why it bothered to translate Office into Sami. Will this be the first domino, or can it be written off as the actions of an oil-rich rogue state that will soon be brought back into the global consensus?
Culture by the people, for the people.
We all know that there are a gazillion blogs out there, with people talking about anything and everything, frequently to an audience of one. Those same text based blogs are incorporating video as well
. People are beginning to organize their
internet not through search engine algorithims, but by their own tags
. There's also a dedicated cadrey of partisan and non-partisan "amateur journalism" sites
. Then you have full fledged communities
focused to specific subjects, holding an unbelievable depth of knowledge and opinions. With entire encyclopedias
available online, and with smaller topic-centric wiki's available, can the creation and dissemination of audience authored content be far behind? Witness the growth of Flickr
, the probable success of Vimeo
, people programming their own radio stations
, the increasing
awareness and use
of the Freedom of Information Act
) by plain
ol' citizens, the courting of TiVo by Google and Yahoo
(to share homemovies and pictures, perhaps?), open source news sites like Take Bake the News
(for royalty free images to accompany content), Downhill Battle
, Our Media
( a place to store your content), and open-source sounds
. Could there eventually be enough worthwhile content to break us free of a corporate-delivered culture?
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New Firefox build fixes IDN toggle
Hear about the IDN debacle
yesterday? Last night's build of Firefox fixes it. Download and install over your existing Firefox. The Mozilla tree is fixed
too. [instructions inside]
Has anyone been to Megnut
recently? Be sure to read the page source.
Thank god, a judge was smart enough to throw out an injunction
against all the web site owners that posted the DeCSS source code
. This suit was completely pointless because DeCSS is used for *playback* of DVDs, not copying (which can be done bit-for-bit digitally). The people who should be punished for this are the dorks that came up with the weak encryption in the first place.